1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport Berlinetta / 1290S Chassis Information

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport photograph

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport photograph

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport photograph

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport photograph

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport photograph

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport photograph

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport photograph

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport photograph

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport photograph

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport photograph

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport
Berlinetta
Chassis #: 1290S
Engine # 1294S
Sold for $201,066 (€151,200) at 2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco.
Sold for $173,805 (€134,400) at 2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA.
Sold for $132,000 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
Giovanni Moretti prepared racing engines for motorcycles early in his career. After World War II, he began making small automobiles powered by his own vertical twin-cylinder engine. By the early 1950s, he had developed a four-cylinder overhead cam engine, in both 600- and 750-cubic centimeter sizes.

The Moretti built automobiles enjoyed much competition success, particularly those fitted with the twin cam version of the 750 engine. Popular coachbuilders for the Moretti chassis were the likes of Zagato and Michelloti, and included coupes, spiders, barchettas, and berlinettas.

This example, finished in its correct original colors of red and black, was the first of about 10 750 Gran Sport berlinettas imported by Ernie McAfee. It was tested by the editors of Road & Track for the August 1954 issue. It spent much of its life in California before being exported by the late Raymond Milo to the Netherlands in 2005. It was given a nut-and-bolt restoration by the previous owner, and then brought back to the United States by the current owner several years ago.

The interior of the car features black leather seats and a deep grey carpet. The engine has been sourced from the GS Barchetta chassis 1294. It is a 748cc dual overhead cam four-cylinder unit that offers 71 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2013

2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$160,000-$190,000 
Sale Price :
$132,000

2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA

Sale Price :
$173,805 (€134,400.00)

2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€110,000-€135,000 
Sale Price :
$201,066 (€151,200.00)

2016 1
2013 1
2010 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$132,000$132,0001
2013$173,805$173,8051
2010$201,066$201,0661

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta
Chassis#: 1290S
Sold for $132,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport image  1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport image  
1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta
Chassis#: 1290S
Sold for $173,805
  2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA
1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport image  1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport image  
1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta by Michelotti
Chassis#: 1294S
Sold for $201,066
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport image  1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Moretti 750 Grand Sport's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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